Wiles continued her strong form to finish fourth and maintain second overall in Route de France

Sat 13 Aug 2016

In a repeat of yesterday's stage result, American Tayler Wiles had another solid ride today on the Queen stage of Route de France to finish in a respectable fourth place and maintain her second place overall with just one more stage remaining.

Today's penultimate stage saw the riders complete three tough mountain passes reaching up to 1200metres altitude which resulted in a fragmented bunch at the finish. ORICA-AIS once again gave it their all to support Wiles, keeping her in contention.

"It was a really hard stage today, nearly 3400metres of climbing in total," said sport director Gene Bates. "Coming into the final category two climb there was a flurry of attacks and that brought the solo leader back."

"Tayler couldn't really do too much, she had a few cracks throughout the day but the leader wouldn't give her any room and she had a strong team with good numbers in the front group. We were sort of pinned to riding within the bunch until the final moments.

"Tayler was climbing really well today, it would have been interesting to see if what could happen if we had a few more big mountain days like today."

With just one stage remaining after a solid seven-day battle, ORICA-AIS head into the final stage tomorrow sitting comfortably in second place on the general classification, one minute behind the current race leader and with a one minute one second advantage over third place.

"Be-Pink (race leading team) have a really strong team here," continued Bates. "They are about the only team left in the race with a full team of six riders and they have done a good job today and yesterday of controlling things so I would imagine something similar will happen again tomorrow."

"A one minute time gap is a big advantage to have too, so I think we will look to be opportunistic tomorrow and look to give the other girls a chance to go for a stage win. 

"The whole team has been riding well and today was really tough, they tried to support Tayler as best they could. They had a bit of bad luck with punctures and a bee-sting but they all got through fine and I think they will be pretty excited about going for a good result tomorrow."

How it happened:

The penultimate stage saw fireworks from the peloton due to the challenging nature of the course. The riders faced three major climbs, two first category ascents before the final second category climb.

The peloton quickly reduced early with the first ascent coming after just 30kilometres and two more in quick succession of each other. 

With a fairly small group leading over the first climb, the riders began the Col de Bramont where former ORICA-AIS rider, Carlee Taylor (Liv-Plantur) attacked solo and built up a sizeable advantage.

Taylor rode out to a one minute and 45second advantage as the current race leading team, Be-Pink, headed the chase as the chasing group continued to reduced with just 12 riders remaining at the fore, which included Wiles for ORICA-AIS.

With just ten kilometres to go Taylor was eventually reeled in and the race was on for the stage victory between the small group of survivors.

Wiles produced another classy ride to finish the stage in fourth spot and hold on to her second place overall for another day. Tomorrow, the final stage of the eight-day tour is 113kilometres and features more climbs.

Route de France stage 6 results:

1. Eugenia Bujak (Team-BTC) 3:30:58
2. Lex Albrecht (Be-Pink) ST
3. Amelie Rivat (PC-Futuroscope86) ST
4. Tayler Wiles (ORICA-AIS) ST

General classification after stage 6:

1. Amber Neben (Be-Pink) 15:54:37
2. Tayler Wiles (ORICA-AIS) +0:57
3. Eugenia Bujak (Team-BTC) +1:58